AMY ARMSTRONG for The Chugiak-Eagle River Star

When Marilyn Morris offers you, a postal patron, the opportunity to conduct business in the lobby, you might want to take her up on that.
For the second quarter in a row in fiscal year 2016, Morris has led the Eagle River post office’s effort in mobile transactions, earning the unit yet another statewide award for having the highest revenue in what is known as the mobile Point of Service station.
While postal officials aren’t releasing dollar amounts, what they do say is that Eagle River’s transaction level is significant.

Packing up 54 years of belongings and memories is a daunting task.That is unless you are Lee and Barbara Jordan.

Then your kids do it for you.

“Our kids pretty much insisted,” Lee said via a phone call from the couple’s new residence in East Anchorage. “They wanted us closer to them now that we have to make frequent trips in to visit the doctors to make sure that they agree that we are still getting along just fine.”

That quote represents Jordan’s famous humor and his ability to put a favorable spin on life’s circumstances, including aging.

With the Legislature not returning for its fifth special session until July 11, incumbents up for re-election finally have time – and more importantly, permission under state law – to actively campaign for their re-election and receive funding from supporters.

Members of the Anchorage Assembly unanimously approved the municipality’s first comprehensive ordinance addressing the placement of cell phone towers.

It represents long-awaited guidance on how to meet the necessity of more towers to accommodate an exponentially increasing demand for wireless service balanced against the NIMBY (not in my back yard) mentality of community members also increasingly sensitive to local aesthetics.

Anchorage School Board members opted to hold off on using end-of-the budget year funds to replace an aging K-2 language arts curriculum stating several reasons for the decision.

Those reasons ranged from a desire to let the incoming superintendent weigh in on the curriculum choice to wanting to ensure the new proposed new curriculum meets teacher approval to an inclination to make prudent financial decisions at a time when state government has yet to put final ink on its budget, as was expressed by Tam Agosti-Gisler, board president.

A Chugiak 11-year-old girl is combining her love for dogs serving as canine police officers and an already well-developed eye for what makes a stunning photograph in an effort to bolster financial resources for the Dollars for Dogs, a local non-profit providing funding for the Anchorage Police Department’s K-9 program.

“I want my parents to be safe at work and police dogs save lives,” Italia Fraize said as to why she donated $800 Monday night at the Dollars for Dogs monthly board meeting.

Most college students home for the summer break in Alaska spend it working in the commercial fisheries or flipping burgers.

Not John Sanders.

The 2011 Eagle River High School graduate is using a few months off from his PhD work at Syracuse University to teach tweens about Minecraft at the University of Alaska Anchorage and at the UAA Chugiak-Eagle River campuses.

If your pooch is off lease, you, as the owner, again face strict liability under the Municipality of Anchorage Title 17 which governs local animal control laws.

Anchorage Assembly members voted Tuesday night to put some of the teeth back in the enforcement of the off-leash section of Title 17 after animal control officials expressed concerns that recent civil court rulings in favor of dog owners for whom negligence was not proven in the action of their canines were forcing them to tip-toe around enforcement issues.

He will never forget the poverty he saw while stationed in South Korea from 1950 to 1952.

For a young lad of only 19 years, as Jack Doran describes himself then, it was something he had never seen before.

“It was beyond belief,” Doran said, noting that like most of his fellow soldiers, he had never even heard of Korea before being told he would be stationed in the Asian country. “There was nothing in the United States at that time that even compared.”

Alycia Thomas gets her baby fix every day she goes to work.

As the executive director of the Eagle River-based Heart-to-Heart Pregnancy Resource Center, she gets a front-row seat to super cute donated baby clothes and gets to observe as client’s children grow from helpless infants to sitting up to crawling and babbling their first words.

She also is on the front lines of meeting an ever-growing need for baby bottles, diapers, clothing and counseling for financially struggling families, single moms and young women and men facing unplanned pregnancies.

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